Connolly makes history with match-winning brace

6 Oct 2019
Aaron Connolly, Brighton

Teenage striker becomes Brighton's youngest Premier League starter and goalscorer in 3-0 victory over Spurs

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Aaron Connolly made history as he enjoyed a full Premier League debut to savour with two goals in Brighton & Hove Albion's 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

At 19 years and 250 days old, Connolly became Brighton's youngest Premier League starter and goalscorer.

Last season's Premier League 2 Player of the Season, who signed for the Seagulls from Melvue United in his home city of Galway in Ireland three years ago, is also the first Irish teenager to score twice in a PL match since Robbie Keane, who netted a double for Coventry City versus Derby County in August 1999.

With his full debut, Connolly surpassed Isaiah Brown, who was 20 years and 217 days old when he started against Manchester City on 12 August 2017.

Brighton's youngest PL starters
Player Age Date of start Opponent
Aaron Connolly 19y 250d 5/10/19 TOT
Isaiah Brown 20y 217d 12/8/17 MCI
Steven Alzate 21y 13d 21/9/19 NEW
Yves Bissouma 21y 360d 25/8/18 LIV
Neal Maupay 23y 10d 24/8/19 SOU

Neal Maupay had held the record as Brighton's youngest Premier League goalscorer when he struck in the opening-weekend victory at Watford on 10 August this year.

Brighton's youngest PL scorers
Player Age Date of goal Opponent
Aaron Connolly 19y 250d 5/10/19 TOT
Neal Maupay 22y 361d 10/8/19 WAT
Solly March 23y 57d 15/9/17 BOU
Jurgen Locadia 24y 109d 24/2/18 SWA
Leandro Trossard 24y 256d 17/8/19 WHU


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